We all know that caffeine is liquid performance, but rushing to the coffee shop every five minutes can hamper your productivity. Especially as you need to rush to the bathroom every three minutes. Buying your own coffee roaster can help cut down the costs of time and money, while jars of instant coffee are a great way to advertise that you’re a filthy heretic who defiles all that is good and pure about caffeine. There have to be other ways!
There are. Living a smart life means keeping both mind and body in optimum condition, but sitting at a desk eating microwave meals bathed in coffee is the fastest way to destroy a human body outside of a grenade-swallowing competition. You need sustainable energy, not just the quick fix from caffeine in coffee. Coffee only wakes up the neurons — if you don’t have any energy for performance left in your cells, all it’s going to do is trap a still-living nervous system in a dead body. That’s called being a zombie, and you’ll look the part.
Of course, we’re going to talk about how great coffee is too.
You can tell by the way we’re productive and do things.
Growing up isn’t about putting away childish things, it’s about being able to afford them. While many associate maturity with seriousness and a lack of fun, that’s because many miss the advantages of youth and frankly have a rather horrible time. Who can match the boundless energy resources of a child? So you’ll be happy to know that chocolate milk isn’t just wonderful — it’s actively good for your productivity.
Dr John Ivy is a professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas. Which means he knows more about how your body works than you do, and you’ve been using it your entire life. His study, printed in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, shows that chocolate milk drinkers enjoyed greater results from exercise than those drinking water or isotonic sports drinks. The athletes even had increased oxygen uptake in their blood, a fundamental measure of how equipped your body is to burn energy before cramping up.
DIY Sports Drinks
Sports drinks offer instant energy, sodium, rehydration and often taste good despite colors more unnatural than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ headbands. But a big part of a smart life, or even a hygienic life, is knowing what you’re putting into your body. That’s why we’ve found some DIY energy drinks which let you know exactly what you’re ingesting.
Yaniverse offers EnerT, a DIY drink designed to rebuild the body after a vigorous workout. Or if you prefer more medical advice there’s a rehydration drink on WebMD, reviewed by two emergency medical doctors. This has the advantage of replacing vital fluids not only after exercise, but also after extreme sickness. You might want some soda when you’re feeling poorly, but unlike the case of chocolate milk, your childish instincts aren’t always right. And emergency doctors have dealt with situations an awful lot more serious than even the most serious case of the Mondays.
Chocolate Coffee Beans
When you’re looking for energy sources, it doesn’t get any more obvious — or enjoyable — than chocolate covered coffee beans. You get the instant energy resources of sugar in chocolate, combined with the fatigue removing effects of coffee. Even better, they’re sweets, so you’re not even saving up for a flow-breaking (and flow-starting) bathroom break later. We’re not saying that sugar plus caffeine isn’t already an obvious instant productivity formula, but the pack does look like a giant battery.
For those who prefer their coffee raw, here’s the ultimate upgrade for your mug of brain-make-go-juice. Iced coffee is a great drink in the summer but suffers from its own temperature-regulating elements. Ice cubes are made of water that weakens the coffee!
Martha Stewart offers an easy and obvious (after you see it) tip to keep your coffee cool and — more importantly — utterly caffeinated all the way through. And whatever else you might say about the lady, she did get an awful lot of things done (whether they were legal or not.)
(If you’re an adherent of coffee, you might also enjoy 6 Spectacular Coffee Systems. We did.)
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